Get a garden + the Ranger program in your school now. We have built over 100 in Los Angeles. We move rapidly. We take care of the permits. We make it ridiculously affordable. We are frugal. We can take on existing gardens and we know how to fix things.
You want your group volunteer day to actually mean something? You want lasting impact? We are so busy, we can guarantee almost any date you choose. You want to see results.
It is easy to help out. We are in 100 Los Angeles schools weekly and we care for our 100 gardens 332 days per year. If you want to help , we will put you to work. We are growing so rapidly that no matter what you have to offer, we likely need your talents. Engage today. Volunteer tomorrow.
For Our Garden Rangers
A student plants a seed and then sees a ting seedling within days? That is an easy lesson in science. Contrast fresh heirloom tomatoes with a pinch of salt to fast food? Welcome to nutrition 101. We can’t afford to raise a generation that does not get whole foods and we hardly need more folks who do not feel connected and thus a responsibility to the earth.
Our team with the help of volunteers is so efficient that we build start to finish in one day. Redwood boxes, controlled drip irrigation, picnic tables and super fertile soil. Our gardens work!
Our garden rangers are on site weekly caring for the edible garden and delivering our straightforward and cheerful curriculum. We amend the soil, fix the irrigation and engage the community.
Our interdisciplinary curriculum provides youth opportunities to explore in an outdoor setting. We teach K-12 students everything from cooking skills to environmental stewardship and history to social justice. It is rooted in the principals of both place-based and experiential learning models.
We are like no other non-profit. Nobody here makes more than a school district custodian. ($38,000) Everybody gets their hands dirty. We are efficient. We are as frugal. We are different. We are an active Non-Profit. ( a non profit who does work as opposed to advocating)
Gas blower laws differ by city — find out if its use is banned in your neighborhood and what you can do if you spot a violation! City of Berkeley The use of any portable machine powered with a gasoline engine used to blow leaves, dirt, and other debris off sidewalks, driveways, lawns or…
Personal care products are disposable, fill up the landfills, and are harmful to the environment. Here are a few products to reduce your impact on the environment. Preserve products such as their toothbrushes and razors are made from recycled yogurt cups, are BPA free, doesn’t test on animals and are recyclable after use. Eco•Dent floss […]
http://www.apc.com/recycle/index.cfm?isocountrycode=us I use a battery backup UPS on my home computer equipment for protection from damaging surges and spikes. It allows me to save my files and safely shutdown my computer during a power outage. I had one for several years and then last year it died. I wondered what I was going to do […]
It’s time to break out the flip flops! These flip flop colorful handmade doormats keep foam-rubber wastes from sandal manufacturing out of landfills by transforming them into tough but lightweight doormats that excel at removing soils. Used indoors or out, they’re easy to clean and have a cushiony feel that makes them great fatigue mats, […]
http://www.metro.net/around/bikes/bike-to-work/ Celebrate Bike Week LA 2011 from May 16 – 20. For the 17th straight year, Metro will be partnering with community organizations to celebrate all things bike. Several events are planned throughout the region, including Bike to Work Day on Thursday, May 19. Bike Week LA Events Monday, May 16 – Kick-off event at North […]
Choosing eco-friendly candles are a healthier choice than using regular paraffin candles. Parafin candles can harm the indoor air quality because they contain eleven toxins that are thrown into the air while burning. If you notice the black soot on the rim of the candle holder, it’s the same black soot particles that are in […]
Building the base
Roosevelt High School
Yes we are only about 6 weeks old…but we don’t mess around! We have managed to continue work on our completed gardens at Micheltorena Elementary School and Thomas Starr King Middle School, as well as getting started on 9 other gardens! We have plans in the works for these gardens, are meeting with principals, and…
We are well on our way in building our kitchen and patio at Farm King! Volunteers and students worked hard this past Tuesday to set the foundation for our future outdoor kitchen/storage. The day was full of shovels and concrete and bricks, (oh my!) We’re very excited for this outdoor kitchen and can’t wait to…
Big Sunday Weekend is a huge volunteer opportunity on May 14th & 15th. Please check out their site for more info and find projects in your area. http://www.bigsunday.org/
Ditto hangers are a simple solution to ordinary hangers. They are non-toxic, made from recycled paper, and are 100% recyclable & compostable. They seem to be a very sturdy cardboard like material, but feel very strong like particleboard. They would be fun in a store with a customized logo on them. They take up a […]
http://enrichla.org/ I have volunteered with ENRICHLA through their involvement with Farm King at Thomas Starr King Middle School. ENRICHLA is a great organization and they are making a difference in our community. ENRICHLA is a Nonprofit organization who’s mission is to provide environmental and educational enrichment to the diverse communities of Los Angeles through programs, […]
I saw Vanishing of the Bees over the weekend and it was extremely eye opening for me. This is a very important film for people who like living on this planet and for those who like to eat food. I’ve heard of the problems with the bee colonies before and I’ve seen an animated film […]
During one of my trips to Thailand, I noticed there were a lot things made from recycled car tires. In front of every house, there was a little trash can made of tires and painted a different color. I also, remember some patio furniture made from tires. I haven’t seen any furniture like this in […]
Did you know: Hydrocarbon emissions from a half hour of leaf blower usage equates to 7,700 miles of driving? Carbon monoxide emissions from a half hour of leaf blower usage equates to 440 miles of driving? Gas blowers are against the law. EnrichLA seeks, through outreach and education, to encourage people to obey the law. …
Tomas O’Grady of Enrich LA will work with LFCArts to install a new garden on their new campus
It was another great day at garden this past Tuesday! Farm King greeted the visiting parents and volunteers from John Adams Middle School with a beautiful lunch prepared and served by Enrich LA volunteers (as well as a couple VoluntEARS from Disney!) Us Enrich LA’ers know how to eat, so we made sure that the…
Blog Prompt: Please explain the different ways that your class is working to make Thomas Starr King More Green Please Explain the different projects that we have going on including: – The different ways that we are raising money and what it is for – The garden – The fruit trees – The Bring Your…
A few years ago I visited the Glass Beach in Ft. Bragg, California. It is a very surreal place because you know that it’s trash, and it’s now a beautiful beach. You will mostly see green, brown, and white glass with some rare pieces of blue glass, which supposedly came from buoys in Japan. Along […]
Recently, I attended a few green fairs and I bought one of these hanging glass terrarium orbs. I’ve been seeing them everywhere and I was curious about them. They can be pretty pricey at some home décor stores. I did some research and I discovered that you can buy these glass orbs from CB2 for […]
Blog Prompt: Please explain the different ways that your class is working to make Thomas Starr King More Green
Please Explain the different projects that we have going on including: – The different ways that we are raising money and what it is for – The garden – The fruit trees – The Bring Your Own directory Please explain: 1) How are these initiatives changing the school and the students? 2) How has being […]
I’ve seen & own similar juice pouch products, although I really love how creative Laura Locke is with her LL Design products. Laura & her son started collecting juice pouches from the kids at his school during lunch. They wanted to make placemats as gifts for family and friends and it soon turned into a […]
The US Post Office is offering “Go Green” products in their store. They also have some eco-friendly boxes available. Express Mail and Priority Mail packaging have been awarded Cradle to Cradle(SM) Certification for their environmental attributes. Check out their site for more details: USPS Go Green Store
The Great Los Angeles River Clean Up and Day of Service with FOLAR (Friends of the Los Angeles River)
Did you know that 38 BILLION plastic water bottles end up in U.S. landfills each year? Today EnrichLA gathered with volunteers at the Friends of Los Angeles River Cleanup to help remove trash and debris from the LA River. Together, volunteers removed over 100 bags of trash, along with old street signs, shopping carts, and…
Today Ms. Markarian’s kindergartners showed off their garden book, full of drawings of their favorite things in the garden, including the worms in the vermicompost bin. Students of all grade levels have learned to love playing with the worms: the first step towards appreciation of the vital role worms and other decomposers play in the…
With the support of LAUSD facilities, principals and teachers, parents and community members Enrich LA is moving ahead with the goal of replacing asphalt with gardens in school campuses. Our present and upcoming garden projects in LAUSD campuses total 31,500 sq.ft. including 20,000 sq.ft. of concrete removal! We believe in replacing asphalt with green spaces…
Arbor Day is a nationally-celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care. Founded by J. Sterling Morton in 1872, it’s celebrated on the last Friday in April. So, go plant a tree! http://www.arborday.org/arborday/
What could LA do with the money it would save from no Styrofoam trays in cafeteria Each Styrofoam tray costs 5 cents each. At Thomas Starr King, the cafeteria uses 1400 per day. There are 180 school days per year. Calculate how much money Thomas Starr King pays per year to buy Styrofoam trays. According…
These bamboo to go utensils are great to toss in your bag and take everywhere. Using reusable utensils help you reduce your ecological footprint. Enjoy eating with natural utensils made of bamboo, a highly durable and sustainable resource that can be grown and harvested sustainably. Disposable plastic cutlery feeds the landfill and is harmful to […]
Enrich LA is proud to announce ground breaking ( literally) Concrete and asphalt being removed! We are building this garden on Sunday May 22, as part of eth Harvey Milk Day of Service Volunteer here http://enrichla.org/?page_id=14 Tomas O’ Grady 323 387 3866
Join Friends of the Los Angeles River this Saturday, April 30th, for the LA River’s Day of Service. There will be 14 different locations to choose from. Help clean up the river! http://folar.org/?page_id=5 Also, EnrichLA is also looking for volunteers to hand out stainless steel water bottles at 2 of the locations: http://enrichla.org/?p=684
Each Styrofoam tray costs 5 cents each. At Thomas Starr King, the cafeteria uses 1400 per day. There are 180 school days per year. Calculate how much money Thomas Starr King pays per year to buy Styrofoam trays. According to Wikipedia, “LAUSD cafeterias serve about 500,000 meals per day” – Please calculate how much LAUSD […]
Farm King needs your help at Wednesday & Sunday Farmer’s Markets + Silver Lake Jubilee Farm King needs volunteers to help man/women our booth at several upcoming events. To sign up to help, please click here. Thanks! The Farm King Team Digest powered by RSS Digest
By using 100% recycled glass products you are supporting recycling and reducing your impact on the environment. Recycled glassware uses about one-third less energy than glass made from raw materials. By using recycled glass you are reducing air pollution. Recycling also reduces the volume of waste in landfills. Glass is made from sand, soda ash, […]
Farm King needs volunteers to help man/women our booth at several upcoming events. To sign up to help, please click here.
The Farm King Team
Filtered water booth at River Cleanup Los Feliz The Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council Green Committee along with volunteers from Enrich La will provide free filtered water and a stainless steel water bottle to anyone who does not have one at the two Los Feliz sites for the Friends of Los Angeles River 2011 Clean…
Using the Reusable Trays Please explain what it felt like the first time that you used your own reusable tray? Did you feel nervous? What did the people around you think? Photos from 4/6/2011 What a great day! We made a ton of Sauted Kale and a huge salad with purple carrots, purple cauliflower, so…
John Adams Middle School Garden John Adams Middle School, located near the University of Southern California, is in the planning stages of an on campus garden! We look forward to working with the eager students and volunteers to get this garden going. John Adams Middle School 151 W 30th St Los Angeles, Ca 90007
Last night the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (DLANC), meeting at the beautiful historic Tower Theater at 8th and Broadway, unanimously voted to fund $5,000 for the edible garden project at San Pedro Elementary School. With this vote the DLANC reinforces it’s commitment to greening Downtown LA, an area of our city lacking in green…
Los Feliz Charter School For The Arts School Garden Los Feliz Charter School For The Arts school garden is currently in the planning phase, and the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council recently approved a $1,500 grant for the project! It is a lengthy process, but these funds will greatly aid in the development and maintenance…
Please consider joining us this Tuesday 4/19/2010, while the students are away on Spring Break to help make Farm King even greater. We are installing a small patio, building a garden shed and doing some garden maintenance. 10 am to 12.30 or 12.30 to 3pm. Enrich La will provide lunch at 12.30 Address 4201…
The garden project at Roosevelt Senior High School, located at 456 South Mathews Street in Los Angeles, was recently approved…and now its time to get to work! EnrichLA, in conjunction with the Partnership for LA Schools, is excited to participate in the 2011 Harvey Milk Day of Service by bringing volunteers together at Roosevelt High.…
Miss Peres Peña’s class has been a big fan of the garden since it’s inception. The kids love visiting the compost and worm bins, and Miss Peña used the opportunity to teach them about composting, organic matter, decomposition; the kids follow week by week the process of green and brown leaves, kitchen castoffs and coffee…
Please explain what it felt like the first time that you used your own reusable tray? Did you feel nervous? What did the people around you think?
Thomas Starr King Middle School Garden Farm King is a garden in the middle of Thomas Starr King Middle School (4201 Fountain Avenue). Farm King and the adjacent green area improvements was made possible by a generous grant of $18,000 from the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council and the countless hours of volunteers. These gardens have…
Los Feliz Elementary School Garden The Los Feliz Elementary School Garden is currently in the planning stages. We are looking forward to working with the students and community to make this garden great! Los Feliz Elementary School 1740 North New Hampshire Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90027
Roosevelt High School Garden The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has recently approved a garden at Roosevelt High. The proposed garden will be located in the Academy of Medical and Health Sciences part of the campus. Roosevelt Senior High School 456 South Mathews Street Los Angeles, CA 90033
San Pedro Elementary School Garden The San Pedro Elementary School Garden is a proposed garden by EnrichLA. According to the Principal, most students live in apartments and therefore have minimal or no access to gardents. The map below shows the lack of parks near the school. The following are demographics for San Pedro Elementary School:…
West Vernon Elementary School Garden West Vernon Elementary School is the site of a newly proposed garden by EnrichLA! The images below show the school location, and a proposed layout of the garden. Demographics: -1050 students (preK-5) -92% Latino, 8% Black -98% economically disadvantaged -100% subsidized lunches West Vernon Elementary School 4312 S. Grand Ave.…
Trinity Elementary School We are working with Trinity Elementary School to get a garden on their campus! Here are some demographics for Trinity Elementary School: 690 students (1-5) 95.8% Latino, 4.1% Black, 0.1% White 97% economically disadvantaged We look forward to working with Trinity students and community members to make this garden great! Trinity Elementary…
What a great day! We made a ton of Sauted Kale and a huge salad with purple carrots, purple cauliflower, so much other yummy goodness. Ms. Holtzinger’s class received their reusable trays and finished their signs. Also, CBS news came and did a story about the garden. What an exciting week! Photos from 4/6/2011, posted […]
All big smiles the kids started pouring, class after class, into the garden for fun outdoor learning and playing. Of course everybody wanted to water, but they also were very interested in learning about tree roots and soil erosion with Charlie, soil composition with Erik, tomato planting with Susan, and seed planting with Alex. The…
Farm King on CBS news! – Click on the photo below to see the video!
Click here to check out the great article in GOOD Magazine about Farm King students saying NO to Styrofoam in LAUSD cafeteria.
Students raised the Styrofoam tower representing LESS trays then are used in 1 day on campus. We also made a coconut veggie curry, salad, planted seedlings and more!
3/29/11 Raising the Styrofoam Tower, posted with vodpod
Huge garden day! We made amazing wraps that were delicious. We harvested salad to feed 50 people at the Friends In Deed food pantry in Pasadena. We continued our giant Styrofoam tower and we prepped new beds for tomatoes.To read more, please visit Carr…
Huge garden day! We made amazing wraps that were delicious. We harvested salad to feed 50 people at the Friends In Deed food pantry in Pasadena. We continued our giant Styrofoam tower and we prepped new beds for tomatoes.
To read more, please visit Car…
NEW ORLEANS — Last weekend, I visited Our School at Blair Grocery, an alternative, hands-on school and non-profit organization focused on teaching youth in the Lower Ninth Ward the principles of urban farming and sustainability. Our School at Blair Grocery is not just some agricultural magnet school. Rather, it is a place of hope and empowerment for youth in one of the nation’s most impoverished and crime-ridden… Read more»